The Redragon K552-RGB is a good mechanical gaming keyboard with clicky tactile switches and a TenKeyLess design that's simple and functional. Its impressive build quality and superb RGB lighting with individually-backlit keys competes with keyboards at twice its price. Unfortunately, the keyboard is pretty barebones when it comes to extra features, and the clicky Outema Blue switches are loud and may not be the best choice for quiet offices. However, given its budget price, it's still a good option for those looking for a basic mechanical keyboard with admirable performance.
The Redragon K552 is a good gaming keyboard. The clicky Outemu Blue switches are satisfying and responsive, and they have a short pre-travel distance. Unfortunately, the latency is only mediocre, and without software support, gamers won't be able to set macros or reprogram keys. The full RGB backlighting is good for gaming in dark rooms, but it doesn't offer the same customization as a keyboard with companion software.
The Redragon K552 can't be used with mobile devices.
The Redragon K552 is a decent keyboard for office use. The keyboard feels light to type on, and it's not fatiguing, but noise can be an issue if you work in a quiet office. Unfortunately, its ergonomics are only okay as it has a high profile, and it doesn't include a wrist rest. Thankfully, the keyboard has good compatibility with most desktop operating systems, though some keys may not work on macOS.
The Redragon K552 is a reasonable keyboard for programming. It has clicky Outemu Blue switches that offer a light typing experience, an impressive overall build quality, and excellent full RGB backlighting. Unfortunately, there isn't any companion software, so lighting is customized directly on the board, and the keys aren't programmable, which may be a dealbreaker for some.
The Redragon K552 is not suitable for entertainment or home theater PC use. You can't use it wirelessly, so you'll need to be seated within cable range, and it doesn't have a trackpad, so you'll likely need a mouse as well to navigate menus. On the bright side, it has media hotkeys and superb full RGB backlighting, but it has no companion software for customization.
The Redragon K552 is a TenKeyLess keyboard and has a fairly small footprint.
The Redragon K552 has a great build quality. It's a mix of hard plastic and metal, and the keyboard feels heavy and robust, with no signs of flex. The keycaps are doubleshot ABS, and the keys are stable, but the spacebar has a slight wobble to it.
The Redragon K552 has adequate ergonomics. It has one incline setting and the keyboard has a fairly tall profile, which may require a wrist rest for optimal comfort; however, it doesn't come with one.
The Redragon K552 has full RGB backlighting, unlike the near-identical AUKEY KM-G9 Mechanical Keyboard. However, since there's no official software support at this time, customization is done on the keyboard itself. You can cycle through 18 lighting effects and set individual key colors. Unfortunately, the color mixing is poor, which means there's a fair amount of color bleed between keys. You can see this in our white shot photo, where full white backlighting appears pinkish or purple.
The cable is rubberized and feels strong, but it's not detachable.
The Redragon K552 is a wired-only keyboard.
The Redragon K552 keyboard has very few features available. There are hotkeys for media control and a Windows key lock hotkey to prevent accidentally minimizing your game.
The Redragon K552 uses clicky Outemu Blue switches that are similar to Cherry MX Blues. The operating force required is fairly low, but there's still a tactile bump to overcome, providing feedback and an audible click when a keypress is registered. If you're looking for a TKL gaming keyboard that's available with tactile or linear switches, check out the ROCCAT Vulcan TKL.
Typing quality is decent. While the click of the tactile feedback feels satisfying, it feels a little out of place, as the click doesn't quite line up with the actuation. It isn't unpleasant, but enthusiasts of Cherry MX Blues may find it a bit odd. That said, the typing experience remains light and shouldn't be fatiguing over time. The keycaps feel nice to the touch and are very stable, though the spacebar has a slight wobble.
Typing noise on this keyboard is fairly loud and may not be suitable for use in a noise-sensitive environment.
The Redragon K552's latency is only mediocre, and it's very high for a gaming keyboard. It may not be suitable for competitive, reaction-based games, but it shouldn't pose problems for more casual gaming. If you want a TKL board with a much lower latency, have a look at the Fnatic miniSTREAK.
There's no customization software. The backlight can be customized using hotkeys. There are 18 lighting effects to choose from, and you can also customize each key individually, though the keyboard can only hold one custom profile.
The Redragon K552 has good compatibility with most desktop operating systems. All keys and features work on Windows and Linux, but Scroll Lock, Pause, and some of the hotkeys don't work on macOS.
We tested the Redragon K552-RGB, but there are 8 variants of this keyboard with various color and backlight options. With the exception of backlight customization, we expect our results are applicable to the other variants as well.
|Redragon K552-R||Black||RGB Rainbow|
|Redragon K552W-R||White||RGB Rainbow|
The Redragon K552 is an entry-level mechanical gaming keyboard with a great build quality, especially at its price point.
Unfortunately, it lacks certain features common with more premium mechanical keyboards, such as companion software that allows you to program keys, set macros, and more precisely adjust RGB lighting settings. You may find it to be a good budget choice if you're new to mechanical gaming keyboards or prefer a gaming keyboard with a more limited set of features. For other options, check out our recommendations for the best gaming keyboards, the best mechanical keyboards, and the best RGB keyboards.
The Redragon K552-RGB and the HyperX Alloy FPS Pro are good TenKeyLess gaming keyboards with great build qualities. The Redragon has full RGB lighting, 18 lighting effects, and you can set colors for individual keys. It comes with clicky Outemu Blue switches and doesn't have any other switch types available. On the other hand, the HyperX has significantly better latency, a better-feeling typing quality, and although it has backlighting, it's only in red and only has six lighting effects. Our unit has linear Cherry MX Red switches, but it’s also available with clicky Cherry MX Blue switches.
The Redragon K552-RGB is a much better keyboard than the HyperX Alloy Core RGB. The Redragon has mechanical switches that provide a better typing experience, though the clicky switches may be bothersome for some. The Redragon has a significantly better build quality, and its RGB backlighting has more customization options; however, it may not be the best choice if you like having a NumPad, as the Redragon is a tenkeyless keyboard.
The SteelSeries Apex 3 and the Redragon K552-RGB are very different keyboards. The SteelSeries is a full-size membrane keyboard, while the Redragon is a TKL mechanical keyboard. The SteelSeries is more comfortable to type on because it has a lower profile and comes with a wrist rest. The typing experience is also very different. The SteelSeries' rubber dome switches feel a bit mushy, and the tactile feedback doesn't feel as distinct as on the Redragon's Outemu Blue switches. The Outemu switches have a shorter pre-travel distance but require more force to actuate. While the SteelSeries has lower latency, it's still relatively high for a wired keyboard and might not be ideal for serious gamers. You can't program any macros on the Redragon, and customizing the RGB backlight can be somewhat complicated because there's no software.
The ROCCAT Vulcan TKL and Redragon K552-RGB are TenKeyLess gaming keyboards, but the ROCCAT is a better keyboard overall. The ROCCAT has a detachable USB-C cable and companion software that offers plenty of customization. You can also set macros using the companion software, though you can only set them to alphanumeric keys on the left side of the board. It's available with either ROCCAT Titan tactile or linear switches. On the other hand, the Redragon has significantly higher latency, no companion software, none of its keys are macro-programmable, and it's only available with clicky Outemu Blue switches.
The Redragon K552-RGB and the Vortex Race 3 are both TenKeyLess mechanical keyboards with significant differences. The Redragon has clicky Outemu Blue switches and full RGB backlighting, which the variant of the Vortex we tested lacks, although there's a variant with RGB lighting available. The Vortex has a non-typical TKL layout that's similar to the size of a 60% keyboard but with several more keys. It also has significantly lower latency, more solid-feeling build quality, and better typing quality. Our version has Cherry MX Brown switches, but it’s also available with a range of other Cherry MX switches, including Red, Blue, Black, Silent Red, Silver Speed, and Clear, as well as Silent Black, specifically available for the RGB variant.